2011 Turley "Dogtown" Lodi Zinfandel

SKU #1150973 93 points Vinous

 The 2011 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard is one of the most impressive wines in the range. Black cherry, plum, mocha, spices and leather meld in a powerful, intense Zinfandel. There is no shortage of depth or complexity in the glass. The Dogtown emerges from a low-yielding site in Lodi. (AG)  (11/2013)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2011 Zinfandel Dogtown Vineyard presents an intriguing combination of dark fruits, smoke, incense and dried flowers. Today the Dogtown is a bit tight, but it nevertheless possesses gorgeous depth and richness, not to mention tons of complexity. There is plenty to admire here. Anticipated maturity: 2013-2021. (AG)  (12/2012)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good full red. Pure, high-pitched aromas of crushed cherry, pepper and orange zest. At once sweet and powerful on the palate, with intense red fruit flavors offering terrific cut. Finishes very long, with substantial dusty tannins and a felicitous combination of breadth and cut. 92+  (6/2013)

91 points Wine Spectator

 Burly and loaded with fruit, this balances big alcohol with a solid backbone of acidity and tannins. The aromas of dried cherry and smoky black pepper open to dense flavors of huckleberry, soy and dried herb. Drink now through 2020.  (2/2014)

K&L Notes

Turley Wine Cellars makes thirty-four wines, the vast majority of which are single vineyard designate Zinfandels and Petite Syrahs. By focusing on old vine vineyards in particular, Turley aims to both create and preserve California’s unique winemaking culture. All of the vineyards are either certified organic by California Certified Organic Farmers or somewhere in the process, and they use all natural yeasts in the fermentations.


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Varietal:

Zinfandel

- The bid to name Zinfandel California's "State Varietal" may have failed, but this red wine grape, grown extensively in California since the mid-1800s, is grown in few other places in the world. Sadly, much of what's cultivated today is planted where it's too hot and flat. But when planted to well-drained, hillside vineyards that are warm but not too hot, like those in Sonoma County's Dry Creek Valley and Amador County in the Sierra Foothills, Zinfandel can produce wines with plenty of character. High in natural alcohol and tannin, grown carefully it can be rich and complex, with dark fruit berry fruit and peppery spice. The most known example of Zinfandel outside of California is Italy's Primitivo, which can be similar in style, but is often a bit lighter and less alcoholic than West Coast examples.
Country:

United States

- When people consider domestic wine, they normally think about the state of California. The fine viticultural Region within California, including the Napa Valley, Sonoma, Santa Cruz Mountains, Mendocino and Santa Barbara, are capable of growing grapes of world-class quality. But there's plenty of fabulous wine coming from other states, too. Oregon, Washington and New York are also causing eyebrows (and glassware) to be raised around the world.
Sub-Region:

California

- With the explosive growth that California's wine industry has seen the past several years, it's easy to view winemaking and grape growing in the Golden State as a recent phenomenon. And while it's true that California's viticultural history is brief compared to several European countries, this state's roots date back well over 200 years. Due to the enormous response to California wine within the United States and worldwide, there are thousands of excellent and diverse wines being produced within the state each year.
Specific Appellation:

Central Valley/Lodi

- With a reputation for bulk wine and table grapes, little to no quality wine has emerged from the expansive Central Valley since companies like Franzia and Gallo staked their claim here. The exception are new wine ventures in sub-AVAs Lodi and Clarksburg, home to jammy zinfandels and surprisingly distinguished chenin blancs respectively.
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